BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Health officials are urging some patients at the Mountain State Vascular Clinic in Beckley to get blood tests to check for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV after possible exposure. .
A letter to patients said the clinic reported that the single-use syringe had been used on more than one patient during invasive procedures at the facility, news agencies this week reported. State health officials are investigating.
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said in a statement that there were no confirmed cases of infection, but some patients visited between October 27, 2020 and May 7. 7 2021 should be checked.
It said the infection can last for years without experiencing symptoms, “so it’s important to get tested even if you don’t feel sick.”
Mountain State Vascular Medical Officer Dr Brian Whyte told The Register-Herald he reported the matter to state health officials after discovering an employee had reused a syringe.
He said he believes only a small number of patients have been affected and that the staff member no longer works at the clinic.
The facility performs vascular procedures, wound care, and diagnostic services.
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